Dec. 6, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa track squads kicked off their indoor season today with the 2009 Intrasquad Meet at the UI Recreation Building. Old and new faces competed side-by-side as a preview for the rest of the 2009-10 indoor track season.
In the sprint events, junior Zeke Sayon was the leader in the men’s 60-meter dash, clocking in at 6.90, finishing neck-and-neck with sophomore D’Juan Richardson at 6.90. Similar to the men’s race, the women’s 60 meters saw senior Rhonda-Kaye Trusty and freshman Raven Moore finishing together at 7.66. The men’s 60 meter hurdles finals saw freshmen Jordan Mullen and Ethan Holmes squaring off, with Mullen (1st, 8.44) barely edging out Holmes (2nd, 8.63).
Senior Adam Hairston looks to continue his success in the middle-distance, winning the 1,000 meters with a mark of 2:26.05. Juniors Bethany Praska and Steven Willey won the women’s and men’s 600 meters with respective marks of 1:36.05 and 1:20.45.
There were a lot of new faces in the women’s field events. Freshman Tiffany Medenwaldt won the women’s shot put (44’11”, 13.71m) and finished second in the weight throw (47’11”, 14.62m) behind fellow freshman Majesty Tutson (48’9″, 14.87m). Senior Caleigh Bacchus returned to action after battling through injuries last season to win the women’s high jump (5’8″, 1.73m). A young men’s throwing squad from last year is a little more experienced and are looking to compete as well as their graduated predecessors. Sophomore Ryan Lamparek won the men’s shot put (54’11”, 16.76m) and weight throw (56’11”, 17.35m), while sophomore Matt Banse was right behind him in both (52’10”, 16.11m)(56’5″, 17.20m).
“I think it’s a very good start for us,” said Men’s Head Coach Larry Wieczorek. “I think we really looked good tonight. I was really excited about the high jumping, having three guys go 6’10”. The sprinters looked good, the middle distance runners looked good, we had a couple PR’s in the weight throw and the shot, so overall I’m pretty happy with what we’ve done tonight.”
“We have a lot of youngsters, so it was good to see them compete in uniform for the first time,” said Women’s Head Coach Layne Anderson. “I think we have an outstanding group and the key for us will be to stay healthy going forward and make sure our key people are out there. We also want to bring along some of those younger athletes and put them in a position to make an impact going forward into the indoor season.”
The Hawkeyes will have to wait until the New Year until their next competition, when the men’s team heads to the University of Illinois for the Illinois Dual Meet on Saturday, Jan. 9. The men’s squad will return home the following week to join the women’s team for the Iowa Open on Saturday, Jan. 16, with events slated to start at 11:00 a.m. CT.
COMPLETE 2009 IOWA INTRASQUAD MEET RESULTS
Men’s 60-meter dash (p=preliminary finish)
1. Zeke Sayon 6.90 (p=2nd, 6.95)
2. D’Juan Richardson 6.90 (p=1st, 6.90)
3. Stephen Bee 7.00 (p=3rd, 7.02)
4. Kevin Dibbern 7.13 (p=4th, 7.12)
5. Will Cranford 7.23 (p=5th, 7.16)
6. Josh Bean 7.47 (p=6th, 7.47)
Women’s 60-meter dash (p=preliminary finish)
1. Rhonda-Kaye Trusty 7.66 (p=1st, 7.69p)
2. Raven Moore 7.66 (p=2nd, 7.69p)
3. Renee White (un) 7.81 (p=3rd, 7.86p)
4. Emily Moore 8.04 ( p=4th, 7.92p)
5. Tiffany Hendricks 8.16 (p=5th, 8.17p)
6. Nicole Erickson 8,25 (p=6th, 8.19)
7. Mariah Jordan 8.31 (p=8th, 8.29)
8. Bethany Praska 8.33 (p=7th, 8.28)
9. Leia Scott 8.32
10. Hannah Simonson 8.35
11. Kelsey Mims 8.39
Women’s 1,600-meter relay
1. Team B 4:05.10
2. Team A 4:07.41